Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Great Start to a New Class

Last week brought the first session (of three that I’ll be offering) in a seminar series titled “Telling Their Grandparents’ Stories: Writings by Grandchildren of Holocaust Refugees and Survivors.” Since the seminar is limited to members of the New York Society Library, I haven’t “advertised” it much.

The group that convened last week was really wonderful, and the conversation, which focused on fiction by Eduardo Halfon and Rachel Hall, went very well. (At least, that’s my opinion!)


Update on “Project Albatross”

“Project Albatross” (click here if you need a reminder) is, blessedly and at last, coming along. I’ve actually written more than 7,000 words, which places me in the required ballpark.

Now, to revise and make all of those words cohere. And fill in the gaps that I know are there. And footnote properly. And create a bibliography.

It has been a long time since I’ve written something “academic” or “scholarly.” I’m rusty. I am convinced that I would not have made it this far without the structure of my “accountability partnership” with an old MFA pal. She knows who she is!

Also key: adhering to that maxim that “done is better than perfect.” Key.

February Issue of The Practicing Writer

Finally, ICYMI: The Practicing Writer‘s February issue went out to subscribers Sunday morning. With this issue, the newsletter began its 13th year of publication! Featured this month: a Q&A with Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, a recommended resource, and a slew of no-fee opportunities that will pay you for your fiction, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction. You can find the current issue here.

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